Manchester United are very popular due to the plane crash in 1958. Lots of non Mancunians started supporting them after that.
They’re not my favourite team, especially after coming from behind and beating us 3-2 last week.
Didn't know about the plane crash, Izzy. I was speaking from the mid-1950's.
This was the favorite joke where I was stationed: (Found it when I looked up Manchester United jokes.)
A van driver used to amuse himself by running over every Manchester United fan he would see strutting down the side of the road, dressed in their ubiquitous red colours. He would swerve to hit them and there would be a loud "THUMP" and then he would swerve back on the road.
One day, as the driver was driving along, he saw a priest hitchhiking. He thought he would do a good turn and pulled the van over. He asked the Priest, "Where are you going, Father?"
"I'm going to say mass at St. Joseph's church, about two miles down the road," replied the priest.
"No problem Father! I'll give you a lift. Climb in!"
The happy priest climbed into the passenger seat and the van continued down the road. Suddenly the driver saw a Manchester United fan walking down the road and instinctively swerved to hit him. But, just in time, he remembered the bloody priest, so at the last minute he swerved back to the road, narrowly missing the man.
However even though he was certain he missed the glory-hunting shite, he still heard a loud "THUD." Not understanding where the noise came from, he glanced in his mirrors and when he didn't see anything he turned to the priest and said,"I'm sorry Father, I almost hit that Manchester United fan,"
"That's okay," replied the priest. "I got the ****** with the door!"